Gone Girl is the best movie of the year. I can’t stop thinking about it.
Director David Fincher (Director of The Social Network) adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best selling novel just fires on all cylinders. Not because of the crazy, maddening plot twists throughout the movie, it is emotionally draining. It is a film that shifts emphasis and perspective so many times that you may feel as though you’re watching five short movies strung together, each morphing into the next.
Nick Dunne (played by Ben Affleck) comes home to find his wife, Amy (played by Rosamund Pike) has gone missing. Fearing a sign of a struggle and a possible kidnapping, he calls the police to find out the whereabouts of his wife. As the story progresses, it becomes more and more apparent that Nick could be the culprit of murdering his wife. However, one big story plot twist changes all that and let me tell you it is one of the biggest plot twists you will ever see in a film.
The movie goes back and forth. It takes place in present day where Nick is becoming the center of an investigation and of the media’s shark-like lust. It also takes place in the past where the tale of Nick and Amy’s courtship and marriage as related (and narrated) by Amy in her diary.
The acting for this movie was really superb. Ben Affleck does a tremendous job in playing the sad yet unlikable husband. In some cases, he does a great job in making his character likable in one scene and unlikable in another. I couldn’t think of any other actor who can play this role.
The showstopper of the movie was Rosamund Pike who does a fantastic job playing the role of Amy. From her sultry voice narration to her psychotic and revengeful mind, it is safe to say she is an early front-runner for Best Actress at the Oscar’s next year.
The supporting cast was surprisingly top-notch. Tyler Perry (yes that Tyler Perry) plays Tanner Bolt, a lawyer who defends Nick. Perry does a great job in playing this character and adds comedy to an otherwise dark movie. Carrie Coon plays the tough yet funny twin sister of Nick. She also brings comedy to a dark movie and had audiences laughing in two or three scenes. Neil Patrick Harris (Barney Stinson From How I Met Your Mother) plays Desi Collings, the creepy ex-boyfriend of Amy. His character played a major role in the plot twist.
Gone Girl shows the remarkable things that can happen when filmmaker and material are this well matched. It is one of those rare films where you can turn to the stranger next to you and just talk about the film. If the Oscars were to start today, David Fincher deserves an Oscar for best director. His vision for this movie has been realized and will be talked about for months.
Gone Girl hits theaters today!
Movie Rating: 10 out of 10